Frequently Asked Questions:
Below, we have tried to answer the most common questions visitors to this our website may have. If you find that your question is not answered on this page, please e-mail us  or call at 057 8620176 or 087 2123528.

Our FAQs should cover all questions regarding Portlaoise Creche, TEC, CEC, ECCE Schemes, and general childcare in Portlaoise

Q: Do you offer the free preschool year (ECCE)?

A: Yes, please contact us for more details. E-mail us or call at 057 8620176 or 087 2123528

Q: Do you offer NCS places?

A: Yes, please contact us for more details. E-mail us or call at 057 8620176 or 087 2123528

Q: Is food provided?

A: The crèche supplies a nutritious, hot, main meal and uses fresh fruit and vegetables. The meals are cooked on the premises and include a variety of tastes and textures. We also supply a morning and an afternoon snack. The crèche supplies fresh milk or juice for the children’s breaks. .
A monthly menu is displayed in the hallway and meal suggestions from parents are always welcome.

Q: What are your opening hours? / When can I collect or drop off my child?

A: The crèche is open between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. You are welcome to come and go anytime between these hours.

Q: What days is the Crèche closed?

A: We will be closed at 5 p.m on December 23rd (if it falls on a weekday) and reopen on January 2nd (or nearest weekday thereafter).
It will be closed on all Bank, National, Public holidays.

Full Time Day Care and Afterschool Services.
We offer full and part time hours for your child, including morning and afternoon sessions. For children attending local schools we offer an afterschool service. Our team is very approachable and would be delighted to discuss with you all options available. We are closest facility to of all the new schools in Summerhill and we can organise the collection of your children if you want to avail of our afterschool service.


Since September 2018, there is only one point of entry at the beginning of the programme year. There are no longer entry points in January and April. Children can start ECCE when they reach 2 years and 8 months of age and continue until they transfer to primary school (provided that they are not older than 5 years and 6 months at the end of the pre-school year).

The provides an eligibility calendar showing when your child can participate in the ECCE programme.

Exemptions from age limit

If your child is over the eligibility age requirement due to special needs, they may be able to get an exemption from the upper age limit for the ECCE Scheme.

There are no exemptions to the lower age limit.

Children with special needs

A new Access and Inclusion Model (AIM) was introduced in June 2016 for children starting ECCE in September 2016. AIM supports a child-centred model, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from universal to targeted support, based on the needs of the child and the pre-school provider. The model offers tailored, practical supports based on need.

Where it is considered that your child needs additional support, we can apply, in partnership with you, for targeted supports under AIM.

The AIM website provides information for Parents and Frequently Asked Questions on supports available. Laois Childcare Committee will also be able to provide you with information and guidance on AIM.


 The National Childcare Scheme is a pathway to truly accessible, affordable, quality childcare. From October 2019 it will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.

Supports are available for families with children aged between 24 weeks and 15 years who are attending any participating Tusla registered childcare service, including any Tusla registered childminder.

For further information relating to the National Childcare Scheme please visit